Basketball: Brown, Villard Honored; Men Return to Top 25 Rankings

Basketball: Brown, Villard Honored; Men Return to Top 25 Rankings

Men’s Basketball

Brown Named to Team-of-the-Week
Warriors Return to National Top 25


For the second time in the last three balloting weeks, senior guard Tarchee Brown (Rockville) has been named to the five-player Team-of-the-Week for the Warriors (11-2, 3-0 Little East Conference), who returned to the web site’s Top 25 at No. 24. While breaking the program’s all-time scoring record of 1,657, Brown averaged 24.5 points and 11.0 rebounds with a 48.3 shooting percentage (7-of-10 from three-point range) in a 2-0 week which included road victories over Amherst College (95-92) and Massachusetts Boston (80-54). Against Amherst, Brown reached 30 points for the second time in six games, totaling 31 to go along with six rebounds, five steals, three assists and a blocked shot. Against UMass Boston in a Little East win, Brown augmented his 18-point effort with a career-high 16 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block.  Brown is second in the LEC in scoring (22.5), fifth in field goal percentage (54.6) and sixth in three-point percentage (40.4). Joining Brown on the team were seniors Brady Rose of Illinois Wesleyan, Sam Light of Lebanon Valley, Collin Olmscheid of Augsburg, and Tyheim Monroe of Cabrini. In the sixth weekly poll, Eastern was ranked for the fourth time as one of five teams in this week’s poll not ranked a week ago.

Women’s Basketball

Mya Villard Voted to NEWBA Honor Roll

Sophomore forward Mya Villard (Cromwell) earned one of five spots on the fourth weekly New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Division III Honor Roll for the week ending Jan. 7. In a pair of road losses decided by ten total points, Villard generated nearly 40 percent of the team’s offense by averaging 27.5 points, including a career-high 30 against Johnson & Wales and 25 against Massachusetts Boston. Villard, who has led or shared the team lead in scoring in eight of the last nine games, shot 53.7 percent from the floor last week and averaged a team-high 8.0 rebounds with two blocks, two steals and two assists and only one turnover in 72 total minutes. Last year’s LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, Villard ranks third in the LEC in field goal percentage (54.9) and fifth in scoring (18.5).